OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers

This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected labour market, social policy and migration studies prepared for use within the OECD. Authorship is usually collective, but principal writers are named. The papers are generally available only in their original language - English or French - with a summary in the other.

English, French

Assessing recent reforms and policy directions in France

Implementing the OECD Jobs Strategy

The OECD actively supports countries with the implementation of the OECD Jobs Strategy through the preparation of labour market chapters in the OECD Economic Surveys. This paper provides an overview of the analytical work carried out in the context of the 2019 Economic Survey for France. The paper consists of a preliminary assessment of the French labour market reforms since 2017 related to the tax and benefit system, employment protection, and collective bargaining. These reforms are broadly in line with the recommendations of the OECD Jobs Strategy. They are likely to contribute to enhanced employment and living standards of low-skilled workers and reduce labour market duality. However, a close monitoring will be necessary to assess whether their implementation has the desired effects and additional measures are needed.


Keywords: France, taxes and benefits, collective bargaining, OECD Jobs Strategy, employment protection legislation
JEL: J51: Labor and Demographic Economics / Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining / Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects; J41: Labor and Demographic Economics / Particular Labor Markets / Labor Contracts; J3: Labor and Demographic Economics / Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
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